For more information about this submission please contact Louise Meincke,
Consortium for Street Children’s Advocacy Manager on 020 7274 0087 or email
Written evidence to the International
Development Committee’s enquiry
into ‘Urbanisation and Poverty’
Submission from the Consortium for
Street Children (CSC)
The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading international member-based
network dedicated to advocating, promoting and campaigning for the rights of
street-involved children. We are committed to creating a better and sustainable
future for some of the most disadvantaged and stigmatised children by working
together to inform and inspire research and action that influences policy and best
practice worldwide. CSC published the first report of its kind, State of the World’s
Street Children: Violence in November 2007. CSC welcomes the opportunity to
submit written evidence to this enquiry as many children living and working on the
streets originate from, and live in and around, urban slums.
This submission will follow the key issues which was outlined in the announcement,
but these questions will be answered within the framework of what impact
urbanisation and poverty has on the most vulnerable children – street children.
• DfID adopts indicators specifically mentioning street children in their revised
and updated Institutional Strategy with UNICEF.
• Any new initiatives designed to improve the lives of the urban poor must
take into consideration factors, such as discrimination, stigma and denial,
which can prevent street children with complex overlapping needs from
• Tailored education programmes which can assimilate vulnerable children
into formal education systems need to be up-scaled and financially
supported. Equally, wage earning schemes such as rubbish collection should
also be formally invested in.
2. Street Children: